ASTM F1958

Standard Test Method for Determining Ignitability for Clothing by Electric Arc Exposure Using a Manikin

The ASTM F1958 test method provides a way to visually evaluate finished garments, since the F1959 arc rating test uses small fabric samples, not complete garments. The manikins do not have thermal sensors under the garments, and they do not predict burn injury. This method is primarily used to provide a qualitative view of performance, especially for buttons, zippers, logos, trim, reflective tape, and other garment components or design features beyond the FR fabric itself.

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